Chrissie Hynde

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Since the late '70s, singer/guitarist/songwriter Chrissie Hynde has been the leader of one of rock's most widely beloved bands, the Pretenders. Born on September 7, 1951 in Akron, OH, Hynde was turned on to rock the same way zillions of others did in the '60s -- via such British invasion bands as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, and the Kinks. After attending Kent State University in the early '70s (where she witnessed first hand the tragic Kent State Killings of 1970) and forming one of her first rock bands (with future members of Devo), Hynde became enamored with such proto-punk bands as the Stooges and the Velvet Underground. Fed up with the U.S. music scene, Hynde bought a one way ticket to London, England, where she became a rock critic. But more importantly, she found what she was looking for musically -- Great Britain was in the middle of a musical revolution, "punk rock." Hynde became friendly with such up and coming punk rockers as the Sex Pistols and the Clash (Hynde almost formed a group with members of the latter band), and its back-to-basics approach inspired her to form her own punk outfit. By the late '70s, Hynde had accomplished her goal, as the original Pretenders lineup was in place -- Hynde on vocals/guitar, bassist Pete Farndon, guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, and drummer Martin Chambers. Due to Hynde's vast rock & roll knowledge, the Pretenders were much more than just a punk band -- they were never afraid to let other styles seep into their own sound, making their 1980 self-titled debut one of rock's greatest all-time classics. Despite worldwide success and a hit sophomore album (1981's Pretenders II), tragedy was lurking around the corner -- both Scott and Farndon died from drug overdoses less than a year apart from each other.

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Playing Old Pretenders Songs Doesn't Turn on Chrissie Hynde At All

7th June 2014 -

 News

Chrissie Hynde might be best known for her work with The Pretenders. And that’s hardly surprising considering she released nine albums with the band. But that doesn’t mean the singer wants to stand on stage...

Chrissie Hynde - You Or No One

13th May 2014 -

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Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde is set to release her debut solo album 'Stockholm' on June 9th 2014 in Europe and June 10th in the US. To celebrate, she unleashes the video for her upcoming new...

Chrissie Hynde Will Release Her Debut Solo Album 'Stockholm' In The US On The 9th June 2014

25th March 2014 -

 Press

Chrissie Hynde will release her first ever solo album 'Stockholm' on June 9.Recorded at Ingrid Studios in Stockholm with co-writer, guitarist and producer Bjorn Yttling (Peter, Bjorn and John), the album features cameos from Neil...

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